For the last couple of years, while buying smartphones, camera quality has become one of the top priorities along with the processor, RAM, and Storage. People tend to compare camera quality in the cheapest possible smartphones let alone mid-rangers or flagships. In short, if you were to build a smartphone in this era, considering the camera is essential. And Huwaei has some similar thoughts too so we are here to compare two smartphone, Huawei Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi A1 in this article. My last article published on Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime with samsung pay mini launched, look at this article for more information.
Huawei’s latest smartphone, the Honor 9 Lite, is the new mid-range smartphone in the market. It undoubtedly is an excellent smartphone with proper specs & a beautiful design for the price which customers would fancy. But it has yet to prove that it is better than our last year’s mid-range favorite, Xiaomi’s Mi A1.
Xiaomi’s Mi A1 has unquestionably been a mid-range favorite for consumers as well as experts. Hence, the capability of Honor 9 Lite to beat Mi A1 in the mid-range smartphone race is purely dependent on the quality of the phone.
Huwaei’s Honor 9 Lite comes in two variants. One is priced at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB option and another at Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB variant. Hence, depending on the price and specifications Mi A1 and Honor 9 Lite can go toe-to-toe for most of the part which leaves the camera quality the game-decider. With two monochrome sensors on the rear side, Honor 9 Lite can take great shots. But is it as good as or better than Xiaomi’s Mi A1?
Let’s find out!
Huawei Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi A1
We are going to compare both smartphones under specific conditions like Natural lights, Low Lights, Artificial Light, Camera UI and selfie camera so read this amazing article who will win the fight, Huawei Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi A1.
The Honor 9 Lite comes with as 13MP+2MP rear camera as well as 13MP+2MP front-facing selfie camera. The 13MP sensor is the primary sensor, whereas the 2MP one is a monochrome sensor which is used for capturing depth.
On the other hand, the Mi A1 comes with a 12MP+12MP rear camera. The first 12MP is a wide-angle lens or the primary lens with a f/2.2 aperture, and the other 12MP lens is a f/2.6 telephoto lens. Apparently, the Mi A1’s camera isn’t as good as the iPhone 7 plus’s (as they were comparing). But is it better than its near-competition, i.e., Honor 9 Lite? Let’s find out. we have already added Xiaomi Mi A1 in best looking smartphone in India.
Based on camera specifications, it’s certain that Honor 9 Lite is built to capture more details and better colors, whereas the Mi A1 focuses more on the portrait mode. Let’s check out the cameras by side-to-side comparison in every condition.
But before starting the comparison, let’s have a look at the user interface of the camera.
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As the brands are different, obviously the user interface is going to vary. So let’s find out which is better.
Honor 9 Lite
The software provided by Honor 9 Lite is pretty clean and easy to use. Just by swiping left or right, a bunch of modes are accessible in the phone. With easy controls, all the essential functions are available. On a negative aspect, around 40% of the phone’s screen is covered by black borders, which doesn’t leave enough space for the viewfinder.
Talking about the functionalities, you get camera switching mode, wide-aperture mode, flash controls, and moving picture mode on the top of the screen. On the bottom side, you can find the galley shortcut, shutter button, and video switch.
Additionally, it has the Pro mode which enables you to tweak settings like ISO, exposure, focus, etc. Moreover, pro video mode, night shot, time-lapse, filters; watermarks, light painting, panorama, and more are also available. Other shortcuts like touch to capture, capture smiles and object tracking are also there.
This pretty much sums up everything about the Honor 9 Lite ‘s Camera UI. Let’s move on to Mi A1’s UI.
Xiaomi Mi A1:
You might be aware of the camera interface of Mi A1 as it’s a comparatively old as well as a successful device, but still, let me give an overview.
In comparison to Honor 9 Lite, the camera UI on Mi A1 is more straightforward and gives more space to viewfinder despite not having an 18:9 display (as in Honor 9 Lite).
In the context of functionalities; on the top, there’s a key to toggle flash, a portrait mode button, and an HDR toggle mode. On the other end (i.e., bottom), one can find the shutter button, the gallery shortcut, switch camera, filters, and options. Tapping on options takes you to the modes and settings. The Mi A1 has Panorama mode, Watermark on/off switch, manual mode, beautify, square photos, and audio. Using the audio mode, one can click pictures using voice commands.
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Which UI is better?
For me, unquestionably the Mi A1’s interface is better due to simpleness. But the Honor 9 Lite ‘s camera interface isn’t bad either. That means it comes to personal preference of the user. In the end, the UI doesn’t matter; one won’t like an interface initially but will get used to it. So, the UI is not a question of the debate.
The primary debate is about the quality of the pictures, so let’s jump right into it. We will compare the images clicked in various conditions and finally declare the verdict. So, let’s begin!
In natural light, naturally, any camera works at the best; so let’s start with natural lighting condition.
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Both the images in the above picture where taken from the same spot. A huge difference is visible on the first sight. The image clicked from Mi A1 looks closer than Honor 9 lite one. The Mi A1’s photo appears warmer and more natural than Honor 9 Lite. The colors in Honor 9 Lite look under-saturated.
While the Honor 9 Lite fails to produce accurate-to-source colors, it excels at certain areas which Mi A1 fails at.
In this picture, you can see the Mi A1 overexposes the background of the image. On the other end, Honor 9 Lite accurately judges the scene and manages to click a better picture accordingly. In short, the Honor 9 Lite judges the view better at times.
One can see that the dynamic range of the Mi A1 is better than that of Honor 9 Lite. The shadow details and intensity of Lite is obviously better in the Mi A1 which makes the overall frame better comparatively.
In artificial lighting condition, the Honor 9 Lite gives better and punchy colors by reading the scene pretty well. On the other hand, the Mi A1 also produces a similar picture, but on edge, the image becomes smudgy which makes it look dull. So when artificial lighting is in the context, Honor 9 Lite wins by a slight margin.
Like in the first photo, Honor 9 Lite messes with the white balance here as well. Although none of the pictures can be considered the best, Mi A1’s view resembles more natural and pleasing to the eye.
I guess you know the answer to this one. With the telephoto lens, undoubtedly, the photos clicked by Mi A1 in portrait modes will be the best. Because Mi A1 uses its telephoto lens to measure depth and then uses software to blur the background which ends up making the images look excellent. Whereas, the Honor 9 Lite is dependent on camera, lacking the telephoto lens. Hence, the portrait mode photos in good lighting conditions are better in Mi A1 compared to Huawei’s Honor 9 Lite.
When in low lighting conditions, neither of the phones can click pictures in portrait mode. But if we were to choose one, Honor 9 Lite is the one due to a less grainy, clean image.
Neither of the phone is good in low lighting condition. But if compared, Mi A1 is better. In my review of Mi A1, the low-light photos were the only disadvantage of the smartphone. And even though, it surpasses the quality of the competitor.
In the above image of the car, the number plate is clearly visible in the Mi A1’s photo. Similarly, the colors and details of the tree in the second image are better in Mi A1.
In this image too, the quality of Mi A1 shot picture is better. The whole pole is adequately covered in the Mi A1’s view whereas the Honor 9 Lite fails to do that. Also, the yellow color is better visible in the first photo which makes Mi A1 better at detail capturing in low lighting conditions too.
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Due to the 13MP+2MP dual front-facing camera, the selfies in Honor 9 Lite are obviously better than the Mi A1’s 5 MP selfie shooter so we compared Huawei Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi A1 on various points in this article.
The final verdict:
We saw that both the cameras are pretty good in the price range. But the Mi A1’s camera is better. Although Honor 9 Lite is better in some context, Mi A1 beats it in most of them.
Now if you wish to buy a smartphone based on selfie, surely buy the Honor 9 Lite.
But with a better dynamic range, portrait mode, and detail capturing ability, I would personally recommend buying the Mi A1 over Honor 9 Lite. That’s the end of this review.
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